The Florida Aquarium in Tampa, FL

701 Channelside DriveTampa, FL 33602
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Overview

One of the top-rated aquariums in the U.S., The Florida Aquarium offers exciting exhibits, water adventure zones, live shows and more for guests of all ages. The aquarium features interactive programs like Swim with the Fishes; behind-the-scenes experiences like Penguins: Backstage Pass; and exploratory journeys like Journey to Madagascar, featuring ring-tailed lemurs and colorful chameleons.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Tampa Travel Experts
  • Home to more than 7,000 aquatic plants and marine animals from Florida and around the world.
  • Enjoy live animal encounters and experiences.
  • Don't miss the hit show, Secret Sea Life Superhero.
  • Pack a bathing suit for the kids to play in a rainforest-themed Splash Pad.
  • Grab lunch at Café Ray, featuring plenty of dining options such as a full salad bar, sandwiches, burgers, and pizza.
  • Strollers and wheelchairs are available for rent.
  • Take the trolley to Ybor City for numerous lunch or dinner options.
  • Outside food and beverage prohibited.

Description

from The Florida Aquarium
Come see why The Florida Aquarium is one of the top aquariums in the country! Experience sharks, alligators and penguins! Immerse yourself in interactive programs like Swim with the Fishes, Dive with the Sharks or take a Wild Dolphin Ecotour on the Bay Spirit II, a 72-foot powered catamaran. Special Behind the Scenes experiences like Penguins: Backstage Pass or Stingray Feeding are unique and exciting. After exploring all the exhibits inside, splash away outside at Explore A Shore, the outdoor water adventure zone for children!

Adventure awaits at The Florida Aquarium’s New Exhibit, Journey to Madagascar. Filled with ring-tailed lemurs, hissing cockroaches, colorful chameleons, coconut crabs and an Indian Ocean coral reef this gallery takes you on a journey through the enchanting wildlife and bizarre landscapes of the world’s fourth largest island, Madagascar.

Known as a biodiversity hotspot, the country of Madagascar is filled with rain forests, spiny deserts, cool mountain highlands, tropical beaches and coral reefs. 80% of the plants and animals on the island of Madagascar are found nowhere else.

This exciting new exhibit captures some of the uniqueness of the island while addressing some of the challenges that threaten its natural wonders. Visitors can come face to face with an adorable ring-tailed lemur, pop up into an exhibit filled with hissing cockroaches or relax in front of their Indian Ocean exhibit. It is an entertaining and educational experience into learning more about this amazing place, and what guests can do to help its people and wildlife.

Parking is $6.00 per day. The Aquarium's parking lot is located just to the north of the building. The Aquarium does not validate parking tokens for the parking garage across the street.



Reserve Orlando Customer Reviews

3 Reviews
chasity clayton
Beaufort, SC
3 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Very small"
August, 2016
The aquarium was small , the dolphin tour wasn't to bad
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Claire O'Shea
Clearwater, FL
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Found Dori..."
July, 2016
I was so impressed by the day trips I had booked through reserve Orlando.. The Florida aquarium was a great affordable place to spend the day with my two toddlers... Memories made.
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Karen Roginski
Bayside Hills , NY
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"The Florida Aquarium Rocks!"
June, 2016
Buying tickets through Reserve Orlando was quick and easy. The Florida Aquarium has so much to offer for young and not so young. All kinds of sea life, including otters, many types of fish, jellyfish, etc. The Wetlands area included many local birds in a natural habitat. Madagascar lemurs in a tree house setting gave us a bird's eye view. The divers gave an interesting presentation in the big tank, sharks, sea turtles and all. Everyone was mesmerized by the presentation. An outdoor splash area gave little ones a great cooling off spot, while parents could relax in the shade and enjoy the breeze. We are senior citizens, but felt like two kids as we enjoyed this well thought out aquarium.
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Tip: Bring a towel if your kids want to go in the splash play area.

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shanettec
East Hampton, New York
"Well run aquarium"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed December 17, 2018 NEW
The Florida Aquarium is clean with a large variety of exhibits of creatures that seem very well cared for. It's definitely a top quality aquarium. The digital information boards by the exhibits were a nice element as they changed every minute or so to allow for much more information to be shared than is possible with static signage. The lemur exhibit was unexpected for an aquarium, but was a highlight. We were a group of adults, but we enjoyed the touching tables and tank where you could pet skates just as much as the kids who were there.
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michaelcY6011GU
Tampa, Florida
"Great spot to visit for locals and visitors alike!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed December 17, 2018 NEW
This is a really great aquarium. It's not the biggest or most comprehensive I've visited (thinking in Boston or Monterrey, CA), though this is outstanding for a wide variety of aquatic animals from around the world. The "centerpiece" sea life circular tank, with the sharks, is beautiful - I can sit for hours and watch everything going on in the tank. That said, for me, as a long-time Floridian, is the Florida wetland/mangrove living exhibit. Wow. For visitors, it shows the real beauty of the coastal wet and adjacent upland plants and animals that we are lucky to experience here in Florida. The variety is amazing, and the curators have done a remarkable job at recreating this for us. For "locals", and I live in Tampa, it helps remind us just how lucky we are to live here, and be able to experience this ourselves. When visiting the aquarium, I feel like I'm kayaking around Weedon Island or Caladesi mangroves. Really great experience!
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Derrick D
Cape Coral, Florida
"Diving with the sharks was AMAZING for our 26th Anniversary!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 17, 2018 NEW
Hello everyone, My wife saw this on youtube last year and has been "hooked" ever since. Me, the not so adventurous one, put it off as long as I could until reckoning day finally arrived. I booked the event online and our journey began...... Upon reaching the aquarium we were greeted by a very nice young man named Evan. He was very pleasing and accommodating. He took us through the aquarium and pointed out exactly where we would be and what to expect. I felt my anxiety begin to ease. We went to the training room where we watched a short safety video and completed all necessary paperwork. This did not take long at all. He then showed us to our locker rooms where our private secure locker was labeled and had our swimsuit and footwear inside. One dressed, he escorted us to the top of the tank where we would enter. My divemaster (Jamie) and my wife's divemaster (Wayne) were there smiling and waiting for us with our gear already prepared and with their Go Pros ready to film. These gentlemen were calm and thorough and assured us that all would be A-OK. For the next 30 minutes I will simply say that "We had the time of our lives"! I don't want to spoiler alert so GO FOR IT---After the dive, they also provide us with a USB stick of the actual footage of our experience. This is by far one of the best activities in which I have ever participated. Thanks again to Evan, Jamie and Wayne and the staff at The Florida Aquarium in Tampa for making our 26th wedding anniversary one truly to remember.
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47triplover
New Windsor, New York
"Mega Fun!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 16, 2018 NEW
We had a wonderful time. It was a great way to explore and learn a deal about marine life. There's plenty to enjoy. I loved watching the lemurs, otters as well turtles. We had a blast!
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Rosebud1216164
"Great Location if You're Coming Off a Cruise Ship"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 16, 2018 NEW
We had a few hours to kill between the end of our cruise and our flight home so we walked over to the Aquarium from the Port, which was super easy to do. (We were on Royal Caribbean, Port 3). We purchased our tickets online which made it a little bit quicker to get in. They do have a bag check service which worked out really well. It took us about 2 hours to walk through the exhibits. (It really isn't that big). They do have benches scattered about so you could just sit around if you needed to kill some more time. We had lunch at their grill and it was good, what you would expect. It was much nicer to spend 3 hours there than in the airport so we consider it a win.
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Florida Aquarium

Is the Florida Aquarium wheelchair accessible?
The main entrance is accessible by wheelchair. The aquarium is fully accessible to guests with mobility issues and a limited number of wheelchairs are available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis with appropriate identification.

How much are wheelchair or stroller rentals?
Wheelchairs, scooters and strollers are available to rent daily. Limited quantities available and are distributed on a first come, first serve basis. Wheelchairs are $5 and scooters are $12. Single strollers are $5 and double strollers are $7.

How much is parking?
Parking is $6 per day.

What is not allowed in the Aquarium?
Due to the nature of our facility with open exhibits, we aren't able to allow outside food and drink into the Aquarium. This does not include bottles or baby food for infants or people with special dietary needs.

Does the Swim with this Fishes, Dive with Sharks or Shark Swim cost extra?
Yes, they do. These are all programs offered by the Aquarium, you can call them directly to set-up the experience.

Is there any dining options?
Yes, guests can enjoy the Cafe Ray.